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Before You Judge Plastic Surgery, Read This

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Have you ever jumped to criticism after seeing someone with plastic surgery or hearing of a friend or relative’s decision to alter their appearance? Or if you have had cosmetic surgery, have you ever faced judgment from others for your decision?

Truth be told, plastic surgery is a controversial subject, and such responses are typical. In a compelling article from the September/October issue of Spirituality & Health magazine, one poignant story stands out:

“I was at a pub one night where I liked to sing karaoke with my friends, about six weeks after having breast implants,” says Michelle, 55, of Nevada. “There was a group of very competitive ‘mean girls’ who would come in. When I got up to sing, one of them said, ‘Whoa! How do you spell plastic surgery?’”

Women, is this really how we want to be treating one another? Does one person’s decisions need to perfectly align with our own beliefs in order for us to treat them with respect? Before we condemn the perceived vanity that goes into a decision to receive plastic surgery, let’s try on the hat of compassion and take a look at some of the real reasons people – women in particular – opt for that course of action.

Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is 45 years old and above, and 14.2% of American women are 65 years and over. Many of the cosmetic concerns women face in later years – wrinkles, sun spots, greying or thinning hair, loss of pigmentation – can be attributed to age, which, after all, is one of the most natural processes human beings go through. There is nothing inherently shameful about aging, and if anything it should be a source of pride. As Oprah Winfrey wrote recently in an article for Huffington Post:

I’m well aware that trying to stay fresh and current can be a challenge, especially if you live a lot of your life in public view. Of course I want to look my best. I want to feel strong and vibrant. But I know for sure that the pathway to your best life isn’t the route of denial. It’s owning every moment. Staking a claim in right now. And, with gratitude, embracing the age you are.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, by far the largest age group for both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures is 35-50 years of age, with the 51-64 age group following as second largest for nonsurgical procedures. Nonsurgical includes Botox injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and the like.

That means a sizable amount of women past their 40’s are looking in the mirror, feeling uncomfortable with how they look, and undergoing cosmetic alterations to their appearance. But even nonsurgical procedures are not devoid of risk. Such procedures can cause burns, scarring, darkening or lightening of the skin, and other unwanted side effects.

That’s not to say these procedures shouldn’t exist, but it’s important to fully understand what you’re getting into and ask yourself a few questions before choosing that path. For one, does your interest in cosmetic surgery arise out of deep introspection and soul-searching, or is it born of fear, shame, or insecurity? If the latter, explore some other options for increasing happiness and self-esteem, first.

As Jane Ganahl writes in Spirituality & Health:

Cultivate inner happiness by giving of yourself. Volunteer at a senior center, organize a book club, audition for community theater. Doing for others keeps you from obsessing about those crow’s-feet.

Buck the cultural impediments to visibility. Walk tall, refuse to take a table by the kitchen, make your opinions known. Change the way you look at yourself, and the world will change too.

What are your thoughts and experiences with cosmetic surgery? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Redefining Beauty and Brains as a Middle-Aged Hippie

WBeverley-online-Ghen I was much younger people saw me as being so beautiful or so smart. Some who knew me very well, actually saw both. I strove at all costs to have my intellect be recognized as my principle asset and, heaven forbid, someone would relate to me as ‘just another pretty face.”

To some degree that worked. I left high school early and went to play with a large group of boys at university, who were all eager to make their mark in the big bad world of business, as was I. At graduation, I was awarded the gold medal as the outstanding graduate from a class of 400 business students. Not bad considering only ten of us were women. Times have definitely changed.

Now that I’m older, I’d like to think that I’m still smart. My mother at least confirms this for me by telling me “You’re too smart for your own good.” Although I’ve never quite figured out what that means, I am going to take it as a compliment. The beauty issue is quite another story. Actually, it is in fact intertwined with many, many of my life stories, which are chronicled in my upcoming memoir Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie, to be published this summer.

Up until a week ago, the picture that lives of me in cyberspace, (although only two-and-a-half-years old), apparently looks to some people like I am a lot younger than I am. One man told me I look like a single woman still in the dating scene who is in her late 20s or early 30s. Yikes! I immediately booked a photo session, as I wanted a fresh new authentic author photo that represents who I am today. Having always photographed well, I’m grateful that most of the time, I do look good in pictures. However, I admit that like many aging women, I questioned how real would be real enough to accurately represent me now. Tough question indeed.

My life, as I write about in my book, has been a journey to shift paradigms and show what is truly possible. Pretty much in most areas of my life. I know that through the magic of Photoshop or air brushing, it is quite easy to appear flawless and young. Does what I represent in my stories and how I live my life mean my author photo needs to be au naturel and show that I truly walk my talk?

As a highly visual person, (with a very strong Venus influence in my astrological chart) I openly confess that I love beauty. Youthful, innocent, flawless beauty. Beauty of course is a very subjective topic, yet for me, I sometimes wonder if having been young and beautiful might have been totally wasted on me back when I was. People still tell me I am beautiful. Somehow I hear the subtext “for your age” in the statement, even though it isn’t spoken. I understand that this might seem to be shallow and I confess it might be.

As a wise cousin once said to me “When you grow up as the pretty one, you learn to walk through the world differently than those of us (meaning her) who aren’t as pretty.” I guess that’s true, however, I can’t know her experience, as I haven’t walked in her shoes. Although technically I did, as I had to borrow her shoes to get married in, because my four-inch platform heals were vetoed before the wedding ceremony. Full story in the book.

Not only do I love beauty, but I find thin plus beautiful even more attractive. Coming from a family who are generally plump or zaftig, I figured out a clever (remember I’m smart) way to get thin, by creating a very mysterious gastrointestinal illness that led to me malabsorbing mostly everything I ate (sometimes up to 4000 calories a day), resulting in me becoming painfully thin. I write about all this in my book, exposing myself in a very raw and vulnerable way, in hopes that it might be of some help to others. I even include a picture of me at 89 pounds looking like a walking skeleton, when my health was so bad that people didn’t think I would make it. But I did. In my case, pictures have always been worth way more than the proverbial thousand words.

Having spent almost an entire decade at an abnormally and unhealthy low weight, I have no idea what I would have aged like, as I moved into middle-age. My fall was so dramatic, that I had truly all but lost hope of ever looking “pretty” again or even getting above 95 pounds. I did emerge after a very long and arduous climb back. Maybe that is partly why this issue is so emotionally charged for me.

Even after all I’ve been through in my life, when the photographer asked if I was nervous about the shoot, I had to admit that the idea of having a new picture taken still surprisingly excites me. After all, I’ve had men become totally enamored with me (before even meeting me) just from my picture, intrigued by my eyes and smile and hopefully, the way I express myself. These might not be the “smart” men that are still out there.

So this middle-aged hippie took the plunge and had a photo shoot done. I’m ecstatic to report that it turned out wonderfully. We left most of the lines in my lower face and around my eyes, but not all of them. Some of the pictures are still pretty scary to me, however, and I won’t make those public. Many are exceptional. When I posted one of these new pictures on Facebook, the comments were incredible. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Radiant. Captured your shining inner spirit. One person asked how long ago the picture had been taken? Three days ago. They thought it was from when I was much younger. Hmm.

I’m still working on accepting the beauty I’ve grown into at this current age. I understand that, especially in North America, we have set warped and unattainable standards because of our obsession with youthful beauty. Times are changing. They have to, if we want to encourage young women to love and accept themselves as they are, so they are equipped to reach their full potential. It is imperative to foster their self-esteem, so they don’t diminish themselves by attempting to be something that is unrealistic and unobtainable for most.

I’d like to be someone who sets an example of what is possible relating to aging. It felt wonderful when a young thirty-year-old friend commented that when she clicked on my new picture online, she was delighted to see I wasn’t trying to look like a 40 or 50-something line-free, flawlessly Photoshopped woman. That I look beautiful and still represent my older age. A great affirmation for me.

Beauty is still an incredibly sensitive subject for me. I know that true beauty does come from inside. It radiates out from the soul. Hopefully my life experiences are shining through and I can continue to contribute to this ongoing conversation about aging gracefully, especially in a time when women feel compelled to have all kinds of “work” done to their faces in an effort to look young. Much of the time, ending up not even looking like who they are, but some fake virtually unrecognizable version of themselves. Each to their own. My vote goes to real and authentic.

All any of us truly wants is to be seen. So with Mother’s Day approaching, I encourage us all to shift the way we look and “see” the true beauty in everyone — regardless of age.

Love to hear your thoughts on women, aging and beauty.

Visit me at: www.beverleygolden.com   or follow me on Twitter: @goldenbeverley

Down with Fat-Shaming: 8 of the Worst Ads for Self-Esteem (Slideshow)

The tragic statistics about body image and eating disorders apparently haven’t been drilled into our brains enough for us to definitively take a stand against fat-shaming. With Dove‘s recent beauty campaign, Israel’s recent ban on underweight models, and endless discourse on bodies, plastic surgery, and celebrity diets, it is troubling but certainly eye-opening to see the kind of body-negative messaging that fills our public sphere.

Here are 5 of the most offensive fat-shaming ads out there. In posting these, our intent is not to perpetuate these messages but rather to inspire the kind of fire that will ultimately lead us to say NO once and for all to these ads and everything they stand for.

What kind of ads would you like to see promoting health and body-positivity? Tell us your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!

The Real Risks of Wearing High Heels (Infographic)

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 11.00.17 AMHeels can inspire confidence, bring you closer to your beau’s face, and effortlessly dress up a plain outfit. As any woman – or man – who has encountered the spiky devils knows, they can also turn a perfectly good pair of feet into a mangled, puffy bundle of pain. So why do we insist on maintaining heels in our fashion repertoire?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, women’s foot and toe complaints have increased roughly 75% over the last several years, as the average heel has steadily steepened. Some women have even started seeking out surgery to rid themselves of heel-induced woes, including shortening toes, receiving filler injections in the balls of their feet, and even in some drastic cases removing pinky toes, altogether. Might sound like the world has finally gone mad – but it’s still far from the wildest thing anyone has ever done for the sake of fashion.

Ultimately, it’s your feet and your health. Everyone makes that decision for themselves. Here is a fascinating infographic, though, which you might take into consideration next time you want to don those stilettos for a fancy occasion. Chances are you’ll look just as fierce in a pair of flats with happy feet that will carry you long into the night.

(Click on the image for a larger view.)

Photo credit: Flickr

Infographic credit: Sun Sentinel

Is Plastic Surgery Making Women All Look the Same?

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Does anyone watch beauty pageants anymore? In a way the tradition seems stale and outdated. But with shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Pageant Place” the culture of beauty contests is surprisingly alive and well. Obsession with physical beauty is nothing new in human cultures, and even body modification for aesthetic purposes has been around since ancient times. But we live in a world now where millions of people have undergone plastic surgery, and shame, body-hate, and dysmorphia run so deep we hardly know what we really look like anymore.

There has been recent buzz over South Korea’s national beauty pageant after a Reddit user posted an image (above) of the contestants and argued that, “Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face.” According to a report from The Economist, South Korea has the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery, primarily for non-invasive skin and hair procedures.

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The United States still takes the cake, though, for more cosmetic surgeries overall, and the “same face” syndrome could definitely be applied to Americans, as well.

Even given all of that, and the many issues surrounding plastic surgery and beauty pageants, take a look at the women in the image above. Do these girls all look the same to you? Is it fair to even judge them in this way, when obviously there are 18 unique lives, experiences, minds, and hearts behind the faces? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

Photo credit: Reddit

Graph credit: The Economist

About Face: Why Some Women Can’t Go Without Makeup

Most women can probably attest to knowing at least one friend or family member who absolutely refuses to leave the house until she’s “put her face on.” Many women will not consider going anywhere, whether to the grocery store, the gym, or even the beach, without first putting on a little bit of mascara or lipstick. More often than not, we probably just consider this person to be high-maintenance and laugh it off; but what we may not realize is that this may not be a random compulsive habit or even a question of vanity, but instead a real question of self-confidence.

The 2004 Real Truth About Beauty study, conducted by Dr. Nancy Etcoff, Dr. Susie Orbach, Dr. Jennifer Scott, and Heidi D’Agostino, looked at 3,200 women, aged eighteen to sixty-four, across ten countries, and found that 68 percent of women used makeup products to feel more physically attractive. A 2008 study commissioned by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund studied girls aged eight to seventeen and discovered that 62 percent feel insecure or not sure of themselves. Seventy-one percent of girls with low self-esteem felt their appearance did not measure up and felt they were pretty enough.

Insecurity knows no boundaries; it affects not just the average woman but also famous celebrities, many of whom would be considered beautiful by any standards. Most recently, pop artist Katy Perry told Seventeen magazine, “I don’t really feel pretty ever. Without makeup, I feel ugly.”

Buying What the Media Sells Us
Let’s face it: the cosmetic companies are profiting from our insecurities. In August 2010, MarketWatch reported that L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetic company, saw a 21 percent increase in their net profits for the first half of the year. Part of that profitability comes from their successful marketing toward women. A woman’s world is saturated with television and magazine advertisements selling youth in a jar, line-smoothing foundations, lip-plumping lipsticks, and lash-thickening mascaras, as well as myriad beauty guides and makeup “must-haves.” When it comes to cosmetics advertising, companies leave no stone unturned. We’re told that makeup can transform our faces—even when it seems only natural not to be wearing any makeup, like when we’re at the beach. On Allure magazine’s Web site, they offer a story entitled, “Insiders’ Guide: How to Wear Beach Makeup,” which includes information on waterproof products and general tips on how to get your beach look to last. I suppose this means a day at the beach means not getting in the water.

Cultural Influences
While we can certainly trace our decision to wear makeup in part to our willingness to buy what the cosmetic companies are selling, the use of makeup and more generally the need to alter our physical appearance can also be examined from a cultural perspective. San Francisco psychiatrist and psychotherapist Janice E. Cohen, MD, is quick to point out that the use of makeup is actually part of a very universal cultural behavior. Cohen explains, “Every culture has standards and particular ways in which people change or enhance their appearance to feel and appear more attractive or maintain their status within their society or culture.”

History tells us that Cohen is right. Inpiduals who alter their physical appearance are nothing new. Archaeological evidence from ancient Egypt around 3500 BC proves that Egyptian Queen Nefertiti may have used makeup. Women in the South African Ndebele tribeswear metal rings around their necks to elongate them. Indians practice a pre-wedding Mehndi (henna) ritual in which the bride and groom are painted, signifying the strength of love in the marriage. And the Arioi, a class of professional entertainers in Tahiti, use tattoos to signify the various ranks and status within their troupes. These practices are completely normal and, in many instances, are used to carry on decades-old cultural traditions.

However, when a person feels downright uncomfortable or insecure about leaving the house without having makeup on, there may be a larger underlying problem. If the makeup usage turns into more compulsive behavior, it could be an early sign of body dysmorphic disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines this disease as “a type of chronic mental illness in which you can’t stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance, a flaw that is either minor or that you imagine.” Some of the symptoms include a general preoccupation with appearance and excessive makeup application to camouflage the perceived flaw.

The Fear Beneath the Foundation
The extent to which a person feels the need to alter her face can be as simple as wearing lipstick or as complex as undergoing plastic surgery. A recent example of an extreme case of this can be found in television star Heidi Montag, who underwent ten different procedures and confessed that she planned to have more. The twenty-three-year-old starlet admitted to People magazine in November 2009 that she had plastic surgery to “feel more confident,” and said she “was an ugly duckling” before.

This behavior is also not gender specific. Cohen explains, “Distorted body image and obsessions with various aspects of one’s appearance (e.g., hair thickness and texture, body color, weight) are not exclusive to women. A smaller, but significant, number of men have similar issues with negative self-body image. Regardless of sex, whenever an attractive person feels ugly and disgusting, there is something besides his or her appearance that’s causing the distorted negative body image.”

Looking Good = Feeling Good
But wearing cosmetics can also have a positive effect. A 1982 study published in the International Journal of Dermatologylooked at women aged eighteen to sixty. Researchers asked the women to discuss any changes they experienced with wearing makeup, in terms of its effect on how they felt; this included their self-image, their attitudes toward others, and the impression they ultimately hoped to make upon others. Their findings indicated that “normal daily use of cosmetics can fulfill important psychological functions in that it promotes social and psychological well-being.” The researchers found that women do experience certain self-perceived psychological benefits from using cosmetics; the benefits are pervasive across all age groups. The more attractive you feel you are, the more highly you think of yourself. And many women would agree that wearing makeup does affect how they feel. Denise Bomba, a Los Angeles resident who works as a wardrobe supervisor for films and designs her own denim line, worked as a makeup artist for seven years and admits she still enjoys wearing makeup. “It took me a while to get comfortable to leave the house without any on. I believe this is because I know what I can look like with it on, and it does give me the certain confidence to feel good about myself.”

While wearing makeup can significantly affect the way we view ourselves and in some instances the way others view us, it’s critical to understand that no amount of powder or blush or eyeliner is going to fill the void left from a lack of self-confidence. If a person truly feels uncomfortable leaving the house without a certain amount of makeup on, there’s most likely a bigger problem that should not be ignored. Cohen points out, “When there are underlying core negative beliefs about oneself, cosmetics and surgical alterations cannot typically provide any permanent or meaningful relief.”

Originally published in 2010

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Mallika Chopra: Smoking, Your Nipples & The Quest for Happiness

Sometimes I click on an article with a catchy title – like “Smoking Can Make Your Nipples Fall Off” – which was featured on CNN.com this morning.  I neither smoke nor have had plastic surgery, but somehow I felt compelled to read the article!

The article is about how cigarette smoke can diminish blood flow to parts of the body.  And in the case of a woman who smokes after plastic surgery, the diminished blood flow can cause her nipples to “die” and fall off.  Horrifying.  Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon and author of “In Stiches” and the article, continues to tell the story about how he used leeches to remove the venous blood from a patient.  Even more horrifying.

Somehow this article has not left my mind today.  Its disturbing to me on several levels.

1. Plastic surgery is something I always grapple with (and more so as I get older).  I have blogged before about my openness to surgery, having debated doing it and then never having the guts to do it!  First, I cant deal with pain. Second, as a mom, I have a different attitude about it all together – I think about how I would explain it to my daughters.

But Dr. Youn ends his article with the following:

In addition to the Surgeon General’s Warning that appears on cigarette packages, I now offer the Plastic Surgeon’s Warning to all my patients who smoke: If you are having a breast lift or reduction and you smoke, your nipples could turn black and fall off. If you are having a tummy tuck and you smoke, you may get an infection resulting in a big gross open wound that will take three months to heal. If you are having a facelift and you smoke, the skin of your cheek could turn black and slough off, leaving exposed fat.

Oh My God! Those are some serious warnings!  Even if I didn’t smoke, his description reminds me of the trauma that surgery has on our bodies and makes me stronger in my decision not to do anything!

2. The nature of addiction.  I have an addictive personality – am a true addict of sugar.  Knowing that it is bad for me on so many levels, I still struggle to get over my addiction.  In this article, the addiction to nicotine is depicted even more extreme.  I so admire people who can overcome their addiction, because often even fear doesn’t motivate change.  What is it that finally motivates an addict?

3. The pursuit of happiness.  I know from most of my friends who have had plastic surgery that the surgery often helped with their self-esteem.  It probably would have helped me too, honestly, if I had done it a while back.

But in the end, can we really find happiness when we only work on the surface?  Or, alternatively, if we address the surface first (ie feel good about how you look) only then can we go deeper?

And, when the surgery back fires (and you lose your nipples!!), then what?!!

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / me and the sysop

Loss With Plastic Surgery

You have alot to lose when you have plastic surgery. Of course there are good reasons to have plastic surgery when you have enlarged breasts that give you back pain, physical problems due to poorly formed parts of the body, and trans gender issues for people who are diagnosed by a doctor as a candidate for trans gender operations.  But unless you have a real physical need for plastic surgery, consider what you lose when you have surgery for purely cosmetic reasons: you lose the opportunity to fully find out who you are.  While you may not like all the wrinkles in your face as you grow older, if you erase those wrinkles through surgery, you will never know yourself as the older person you really are.

I have a little bump on the part of my nose that is nearest my forehead. My mother wanted me to have a nose job when I was a child so that I could be totally beautiful.  I refused as I felt that I would never look like myself again.  My features are not that of a model, but I am me.  My mother also wanted me to have a large strawberry birthmark removed from my leg, and I refused because this was MY birthmark.  Had it been on my face, I think I would have had it removed.   But this birthmark is not placed in a manner that really requires plastic surgery.  Or course when one ages terribly, there is good reason to have plastic surgery.  If my eyelids continue to drop or my neck becomes part of my chest, I may have plastic surgery, but otherwise, unless I age badly or cannot see, I am not going to have plastic surgery on my face in order to look younger.  I do not want to lose who I am.  Plus I am tired of looking at women who look like they have stockings pulled across their face.  These women who have had alot of plastic surgery do not look like real human beings to me.  They look like their faces have been created. I do not want to look like that.

I realize many who read my words will not agree with me, but I ask you to think twice about how much you really need plastic surgery before you decide to change your appearance, lose the opportunity to be yourself  and take the risk that any kind of surgery involves.

 

Psychic Medium and Inspirational Author Carole Lynne

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www.carolelynnecosmicconnection.com

Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons: What You Need to Know

 It wasn’t until recently that I stumbled on the fact that there is a difference between cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons.  Did you know that there was one?  Not only is there a difference, but there is a huge difference and the cosmetic surgeons don’t want you to know this. 

 Plastic surgeons are surgeons who have specialized training in plastic surgery.  Not just a little training but a lot.  In order to be a plastic surgeon you need:  a degree from an accredited college in a premed major, 4 years at an accredited medical school, 4 to 5 years of residency training with the first 2 being in general surgery and the remaining 2 to 3 years being in plastic surgery.  To become board certified you also need to pass a written and an oral exam to assure your knowledge and competence. 

 Cosmetic surgeons are any M.D. who wants to call him/herself that.  It used to be that in order to get a certificate all you had to do was pay $200 and voila, you were a cosmetic surgeon.  That meant a dermatologist, a radiologist (the doctor who reads x-rays), even a psychiatrist could call themselves cosmetic surgeons and perform surgery on you!  Now in order to be a certified cosmetic surgeon you need:  an M.D. license (in any field) plus 450 hours of practice, or Continuing Medical Education units.  You also have to take a written and an oral exam.  450 hours of practice!!!!!!!

 The problem here is not only are cosmetic surgeons potentially untrained to do surgery but the board of cosmetic surgery is not a recognized board.  In other words, according to the American Medical Specialties Board being certified in cosmetic surgery is meaningless.  The AMSB is the board who oversees all board certifications in all the medical specialties.  This should concern you!

 Dr. Lawrence Koplin, renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is a double board certified surgeon, and plastic surgeon.  He told me that in the last few years, due to the recession, doctors are having trouble making a living.  This has caused a "free for all" with dermatologists,  gynecologists and even general practice doctors calling themselves "cosmetic surgeons" and performing everything from breast augmentation, liposuction to facelifts.  Dr. Di Saia, who is a board certified plastic surgeon, came across an ENT who was doing penile enlargement surgery.  ENT’s (ear, nose and throat docs) are trained to do surgery from the neck up, like sinus surgery, deviated septum surgery, etc…but completely untrained from the neck down.  An ENT can become a "cosmetic surgeon" and voila, can convince you that they are qualified to operate on any part of your body.

Dr. Koplin told me he sees people all the time who come in mangled after being operated on by a "cosmetic surgeon".  Don’t let this happen to you.  If you are considering plastic surgery, seek out a highly qualified, board certified PLASTIC surgeon.  Be well! 

 

Would You Tell Your Kids You Got Plastic Surgery?

 An enormous amount of you responded to the question we posted on Facebook whether you would have plastic surgery or not if it were free, and a surprising number of women said YES! You absolutely would have plastic surgery if it were free. Now, think about this — would you tell your children you were going under the knife? What would you say?

What You Said 

All of you moms were so honest about plastic surgery, we loved it! Lots of you would say yes to plastic surgery if it were free and some of you were ok with exactly what God gave you. Here are some of your responses: Lacey Hurley: "I want my boobs to be where they were 5 years ago!!!" Shawna Cole: "Amen Sister! Little ones are great but what they do to your body well come on, things should not sag like that." Lee Lawrence I am having twins. "Already planning on a tummy tuck and breast lift, and maybe just a touch of liposuction :)" Mary Giglia Holland: "OH YES– i am with U Lacey H– and i hate the wrinkle between my eyebrows!!!" Sabrina Basch: "Yep I sure would too! A lift and tuck, some lipo on my chin, little on my back, thighs and arms. Heck I’d lift, tuck and suck it all out. 3 kids (2 back to back) ruined what I had." But how would your kids respond to mommy going under the knife? Would you even tell them? And would you think about the consequences of having anesthesia?

A Celeb Mom

When celebrity talk show host Wendy Williams’ son asked her if her "boobs were real" she was shocked, “Mom, are your boobs real?” And her response? “I gagged when my son came and asked me about the implants. It was ‘Where did you hear that?’ But it was on my own show.” During an episode of her talk show, the host admitted to having a breast augmentation 14 years ago. “Our son did not know I had breast implants. So I sat down and went through plastic surgery with him. And it was great, because I was able to let him know that when his dad met me, I was completely natural," she tells hellobeautiful.com.

To Tell Or Not To Tell

According to breastimplants.com, it’s a big decision whether to tell your children or not if you’re having a procedure done. Depending on your kids level of maturity and understanding and comprehension, you may or may not decide to tell your children. Their level of curiosity too is a factor — are they old enough to understand what’s going on? You may choose to say nothing and hope they just don’t notice. One mom shared her story that after receiving breast implants, her son asked her about why she had a "band-aid" to which the mom responded "mommy has a booboo." It backlashed when in the classroom, her son said "My mommy’s boobies have a booboo."

What Would You Do?

Would you tell them or keep it to yourself?



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